20 Healthy Sweet Snacks for 50 Calories or Less to Buy or DIY

Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn
Photo: Jacob Fox

Healthy, sweet snacks do exist! When you're craving a low-calorie sweet fix, these wholesome options definitely trump a couple of pieces of candy. Sometimes you just need a small snack as an afternoon pick-me-up or to help you make it through the last hour until dinnertime, and these low-cal sweet snacks deliver a surprisingly big dose of satisfaction.

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Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops

Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops
Jason Donnelly

These easy ice pops are one of our favorite sweet snacks, because they can just as easily serve as a healthy dessert. At just 25 calories, these low-calorie sweet snacks are one of the lightest (and most beautiful) snacks on our list. Each lick blends together the flavors of vanilla rooibos tea, apple juice, fresh strawberries, and kiwis for a sweet and healthy snack.

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Ghirardelli Minis Dark Chocolate

Package of Ghiradelli minis dark chocolate on a white background
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Dark chocolate has a few health benefits. (And milk chocolate does too!) So if you want a low-calorie candy that sneaks in a little dose of antioxidants, grab a square. Keep Ghirardelli's Minis on hand in your kitchen or desk drawer, so you can easily reach for one of these 36-calorie treats at snack time.

Buy It: Ghirardelli Minis Pouch Dark Chocolate ($60 for 6 pouches, Amazon)

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Blueberries

blueberries produce baskets
Kevin Miyazaki

A half cup of fresh blueberries is right around 40 calories, and the berries make a juicy, refreshing, and healthy sweet snack. Blueberries also have the benefit of being high in fiber (plus all the other beneficial nutrients), so you can always feel good about reaching for a cup. Frozen are just as nutritious as fresh, so feel free to pop 'em cold if you prefer.

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Stonyfield Organic Berry Yogurt Tubes

Package of Stonyfield strawberry and mixed berry yogurt on a white background
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Even though it's marketed to little ones, we're firm believers that this low-cal sweet snack isn't just for kids! Each tube offers gut-health-friendly live active cultures, plus a bit of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Another benefit of this quick and healthy sweet snack? You don't have to remember to pack a spoon.

Buy It: Stonyfield Yogurt Tubes ($7, Target)

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Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn

Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn
Jacob Fox

If your snacking tastes run more toward a combo of sweet and savory, keep a small plastic bag of this spiced kettle corn in your pantry, glove compartment, or bag to snag anytime you feel the hangries arising. It starts with a regular bag of microwave kettle corn, then gets dressed up with a sprinkle of garam masala, a popular Indian spice blend. The seasonings give your kettle corn more complex flavors while keeping the healthy sweet snack to just 45 calories per cup.

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Arctic Zero Ice Cream

Arctic Zero non-dairy frozen dessert on white
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Yep, you can dig into a bowl of ice cream without spooning up a meal's-worth of calories and fat. Arctic Zero's non-dairy ice cream flavors are pretty high in fiber for ice cream—four grams per half cup—but still come solidly within our low-cal sweet snack nutrition range. Chocolate Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, Cookie Shake, Purely Chocolate, Pistachio, Hint of Mint, and Cake Batter all come in at less than 50 calories per serving.

Buy It: Arctic Zero Hint of Mint ($60 for a 6-Pack of Pints, Amazon)

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Apples

Red and green apples and leaves
Blaine Moats

One easy way to mix up your low-calorie sweet snack routine is to stock up on a variety of apples. One small apple has about 50 calories, and this nosh is super easy to take on the go. (Thanks, Mother Nature, for the portable "packaging." ) Plus, with so many different types of apples to choose from, you won't get stuck in a snacking rut.

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Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes

Package of Quaker apple cinnamon rice cakes on a white background
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If you usually reach for a pack of crackers or something crunchy at snack time, try Quaker's 50-calorie rice cakes when your stomach starts to rumble. You can find the low-calorie sweet snacks in a few different flavors, and they're made with whole grains. Stock a package in your pantry for a fast-fix sweet-tooth-soother you can grab whenever hunger hits.

Buy It: Quaker Rice Cakes ($3, Target)

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Stone Fruit Granita

Stone Fruit Granita
Blaine Moats

Come summertime (or really anytime you wish felt more like summer), cool down with a low-calorie sweet treat that's lighter than most ice creams. This granita recipe is super-simple, made with mostly water and fresh stone fruit and only a dash of sugar, and has just 48 calories in a serving. Depending on what you're craving, you can make this easy snack recipe with peaches, nectarines, plums, or even sweet cherries.

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Nature's Bandits Organic Veggie Fruit Stix

Two boxes of Nature's Bandits fruit stix on a white background
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One of the main benefits of these low-calorie sweet snacks is that they're made with real fruits and veggies. When you look at the ingredients list, you'll mostly see organic fruit and veggie purees and juices. Both the mixed berry and apple varieties are 90 calories per bar and include some healthy potassium and vitamins A and C. And they're a cinch to take with you on the go!

Buy It: Nature's Bandits Veggie Fruit Stix ($9, Amazon)

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Watermelon

sliced watermelon on cutting board with knife
Blaine Moats

You might already reach for watermelon as a naturally sweet side dish in the summertime. If so, keep it up! One cup of watermelon has about 45 calories, and you can't beat its juiciness and refreshing fruity flavor. Thanks to its high water content, watermelon is also a hydrating low-cal sweet snack.

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Sun-Maid Raisins Mini-Snacks

Sun-Maid mini snack raisin boxes on a white background
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Do you remember mini boxes of Sun-Maid raisins from your childhood? There's a reason these sweet treats were such a popular lunch box addition. Each box of raisins is 45 calories, and you can buy them in packs of 12 so that you'll be fully stocked on easy grab-and-go snacks. Despite their small size, raisins have some helpful vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making them a good option for healthy sweet snacks under 50 calories.

Buy It: Sun-Maid Raisins Snacks ($3, Target)

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Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses with Almonds

Big bag of gold-wrapped Hershey's Kisses with almonds
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Of course, when we think about sweet snacks, our minds always go to chocolate. Grab a couple of Hershey's Kisses with almonds the next time you're in need of sweet and salty snacks, and they'll kick your cravings as they melt in your mouth. Proof that low-calorie candy does exist and can be satisfying: Two of these nutty Kisses are just 46 calories.

Buy It: Hershey's Kisses with Almonds ($38 for 4.1 Pounds, Amazon)

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Kiwifruit

kiwi on wooden cutting board with knife
Blaine Moats

Along with some sweetness, a kiwifruit will add a taste of the tropics to snack time. A medium fruit has about 42 calories, and it packs in some extra nutrients. Kiwis are higher in vitamin C than most other fruits. Slice one up for a low-cal sweet snack that offers potassium, too.

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Mott's Unsweetened Applesauce

Containers of Mott's applesauce on white background
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Mott's unsweetened applesauce is another handy, already-portioned snack to keep in your pantry. Each cup is 50 calories, and it has no added sugar and 10 percent of your daily vitamin C. If you want to dress up your cup a little more for a healthy sweet snack, stir in a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Buy It: Mott's Unsweetened Applesauce ($4, Target)

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Iced Tea Granita

Iced Tea Granita
Jason Donnelly

It's teatime! When afternoon sugar cravings strike, you can turn a plain cup of tea into a sweet snack. To make this cool, refreshing treat look a little fancier, garnish your glass or bowl with an extra slice of lemon and a few sprigs of mint.

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SunRype Fruit Strips

SunRype fruit to-go bar on a white background
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Not all snacks are easy to take on the go, so if you're looking for a low-calorie sweet snack to travel with, you might want to give SunRype's Fruit Strips a try. Their Apple Strawberry flavor is 45 calories a bar, and it's gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan diet-friendly too. While we adore fresh fruit, we appreciate the fact that these are easier to toss in your bag for the day than a container of more-delicate raspberries.

Buy It: SunRype Fruit Strips ($20 for 55, Amazon)

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Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops

Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops
Jason Donnelly

Fresh fruit makes a great snack on its own, but sometimes we crave something just a bit more special. For those times, try these pineapple and coconut water ice pops—they're low in calories (just 43), they have healthy slices of fresh pineapple, and they feel like a fancy treat. Freeze fresh pineapple with plain coconut water (or try flavored) and add some fresh mint leaves to make them even more refreshing.

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Brothers All Natural Peach Fruit Crisps

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For a taste of summer goodness any day of the year, tear open a package of these freeze-dried fruit "chips." We love the ingredient list for this low-calorie sweet snack: Peaches. The dehydration process simply removes the water and extends the shelf life of this all-ages fruit snack that has just 30 calories per pouch.

Buy It: Brothers Fruit Crisps ($28 for 24 bags, Amazon)

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Snyder's Milk Chocolate Pretzel Rounds

A bag of Snyder's Rounds milk chocolate pretzel balls on a white background
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Can't decide between sweet or savory? Go for both and enjoy them in a healthy-ish snack. Yes, it's possible! Crunchy, salty, and richly chocolatey all at once, these poppable pretzels hit on many satisfaction levels per bite. Snack on three of these low-calorie sweets for 47 calories, plus a little protein and iron.

Buy It: Snyder's Pretzel Rounds ($3 Target)

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